Engineers of collapsed Fl. bridge designed bridge that collapsed in Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va. (WSET) -- The Miami-Dade County Police Department said at least six people have been found dead in the rubble of a collapsed pedestrian bridge in South Florida.
Fire rescue transported nine people to a local hospital.
According to ABC News, the bridge was not a Florida Department of Transportation project, and the designer, contractor, and the construction engineering and inspection are all under contract with the university.
Figg Engineering designed the project, and the Munilla Construction Management both built and installed the structure, according to the Florida DOT.
WVEC in Norfolk reported that Bolton Perez and Associates handled the construction engineering and inspection and the Florida DOT said an independent, secondary design check was required due to the unique characteristics of the design of the bridge.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that Figg Bridge Engineers were fined $28,000 in 2012 after a 90-ton section of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge collapsed in Chesapeake during construction.
Four workers had minor injuries.
According to citations from the incident, the company modified a steel beam without getting permission from the manufacturer.
WVEC got a statement from Figg Bridge Engineers, saying:
We are stunned by [Thursday's] tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction over Southwest Eighth Street in Miami. Our deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this accident. We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why. In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before. Our entire team mourns the loss of life and injuries associated with this devastating tragedy, and our prayers go out to all involved.
Robert Bea of the University of California, Berkeley, said it's too early to know exactly what happened to cause the collapse of the FIU bridge.